League/Supp Cup 19th/12th Jan

By Anthony Tucker

Goals galore in the cups

Millbrook Veterans maintained their pursuit of three trophies after they swept aside visiting Foxhole in the Cornwall Veterans League Cup Quarter Final on a very heavy Jenkins Park pitch. The visitors started brightly, but eventually Brook took hold of the game, with Brian Stacey heading the home side ahead after 20 minutes. Foxes went close to an equaliser when Martin Gilbert’s header was adjudged to have not crossed the line. They thought they had levelled soon after when Gareth Masters bundled the ball home in a goal mouth scramble, but after initially giving the goal referee Jules Cook then disallowed the effort after a discussion with the home linesman who had raised his flag for an infringement on the keeper. Two minutes before half time Millbrook doubled their lead. Stacey again with the goal. Shooting home after his initial effort was saved by Matt Clements in the Foxes goal. It was harsh on the Foxes going in 2 down at the break and the uphill task they had turned into a mountain to climb when six minutes into the second period Richard Gibson scooped home at the near post to stretch the home advantage to 3-0. Brett Shannon entered the fray as a second half substitute and got himself on the scoresheet on 74 minutes. This opened the floodgates for the home side with the heavy pitch taking its toll on the Foxes. Four further goals in the last 12 minutes gave the home side a resounding 8-0 win. Stacey bagged his 3rd and 4th goals of the game, with Wainwright and Roberts also netting for the hosts.

Also in the League Cup there was a north coast derby at Perranporth where Newquay were the visitors. The away started the stronger and took a well deserved lead with a cross from the left bypassing the home centre back partnership with the Newquay attacker arriving late at the back post to smash in off the post. With 23 minutes gone Perran finally got a grip of the game with their midfield making some strong challenges and a few quick passes to send Paul Robertson clear. He rounded the keeper to make it 1-1. After weathering a bit of a Newquay storm an almost identical goal for Robertson saw the hosts forge 2-1 ahead on 35 minutes. At the start of the second period Perranporth introduced some fresh legs and a tired Newquay team fell further behind when Elliot Brown made it 3-1 from a stunning ball from Glenn Rogers. Brown and Robertson combined well on the left hand side and Robertson’s jinking run was ended when he was brought down in the box. The resulting spot kick was duly converted by the same player to complete his hat trick. Jason Bullen rounded off the scoring to complete a 5-1 victory.

There was an astonishing tie at Royal Par. Visiting Saltash had stormed into an 8-1 lead. With nothing to lose the home side pushed on in the second period ‘winning’ the half 5-2 to make the eventual final score to the visitors an incredible 10-6. On target for the Ashes were Chris Truscott (3), Stuart Fort (2), Dave Wilkinson (2), Mark Layer, Phil Screech and Tony Truscott.

The other League Cup tie saw St Agnes Bolsters surrender home advantage when their pitch was deemed unfit, so they travelled to their opposition Troon. Troon took full advantage of the switch and ran out 4-0 winners.

The only other game was in the Supplementary Cup. Again there was a venue switch with Grampound’s pitch waterlogged so they made the trip to St Ives to face Halsetown. Grampound never really got going and when the hosts controversially went ahead following a handball there only looked one winner in the game with Halsetown running out 6-0 victors.

The previous weekend in the Supplementary Cup saw Clays gain their first victory of the campaign with a 4-2 success over Kernow Wanderers. Clays scoring all the goals in the game, with Nigel Hancock netting a hat trick Carl Jolly scoring from the penalty spot after Alex Hawke had been brought down. Tony Wright and Andrew Riddle had the misfortune of putting through their own goal for the Wanderers goals.

Elsewhere in the league St Dennis climbed Division 2 with a 5-3 home victory over Halsetown. Lee Whetter scoring a hat trick for the host with Lee Bryant bagging the other two goals. Replying for Halsetown were Paul Landry (2) and Will Matthews

Where next?

Royal Par 3-4 Bude Town Match report suppled by Royal's Cameron Hague
5th Jan Round Up Millbrook and Callington continue to set the pace in Div 1 - Top two suffer defeats in Div 2

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